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2013 NHRA: Nobile Looks Ahead To Las Vegas After Tough Gainesville Outing
Posted by: newsla on Mar 19, 2013 - 06:23 AM
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2013 NHRA: Nobile Looks Ahead To Las Vegas After Tough Gainesville Outing


It was a case of too little too late for Vincent Nobile and the NAPA/Mountain View Performance NHRA Pro Stock team at last weekend’s Amalie Gatornationals as they suffered their second-straight quarterfinal loss. Nobile, the winner of the season-opening NHRA Mello Yello series event in Pomona last month, struggled during qualifying in Gainesville and wound up in the eighth spot after clocking a best of 6.513 seconds. That meant a quarterfinal match against low qualifier and new record holder Mike Edwards. Nobile did his best with a solid 6.516 run, but it wasn’t enough as Edwards clocked a 6.488 for the win.

 

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The race was a virtual repeat of the most recent NHRA event in Phoenix where Nobile also qualified eighth, and also lost to Edwards in the quarterfinal round.

“We had problems in qualifying; no way should we have ended up eighth,” said Nobile. “We should have qualified no worse than fourth or five and then we would not have had such a tough draw in the second round. It was a tough loss but we did figure some things out and that is very encouraging. It seems like the whole class is having problems with clutch discs but we seem to have gotten a handle on it. When I ran Mike, I made a great run, but it just wasn’t enough.”

After the Nick Mitsos-led Mountain View team changed engines during qualifying, Nobile went on to score a narrow 6.545 to 6.548 win over fellow Dodge driver Chris McGaha in Sunday’s opening round of eliminations.

Three races into the season, and Nobile and the NAPA/Mountain View Performance team are now totally focused on the upcoming NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 5-7. In four previous appearances in Las Vegas, Nobile has three-runner-up finishes to his credit.

He is also looking forward to defending his title in the K&N Horsepower Challenge specialty race which is set for Saturday, April 6. Nobile won the $50,000 top prize in the event last year, when it was held in Norwalk, Ohio.

“Right now, I am totally pumped up for the K&N Horsepower Challenge,” said Nobile. “I want to win it again in the worst way. I’ve had so much good luck in Las Vegas that I was very happy when the race was moved here. I think we’ve overcome a lot of problems we had early this season and we’re going to be very competitive when we get to Las Vegas.”

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